If there was ever a year when the average person just wanted to “get away,” 2020 is it. It’s been a crazy ride. And going to popular tourist destinations will probably be off the cards for a long time with travel restrictions.
Fortunately, there are still places across the world where you can get away from it all if you do decide to travel. Here are some locations to consider that offer a lot of fresh open air.
Easter Island In The South Pacific
Easter Island is one of the strangest places in the world. Today, the island – a couple of thousand miles off the coast of South America – is just a grassy knoll, covered in carvings of giant stone heads. But it wasn’t always that way. Go back a thousand years or so, and it was home to an ancient tribe and covered in forest. Researchers think that the colony of people ran into trouble when they deforested too much and ran out of food.
Whatever, the case, Easter Island is one of the loneliest places on Earth and home to just 5,800 inhabitants according to the latest population data.
Idaho In The US
Idaho is part of the original American West and straddles the Rockies, the loneliest and biggest mountain range in North America.
The conditions here are spectacular during the Spring and Autumn. And it is practically the emptiest place in the mainland US, thanks to the near-complete absence of roads, airports or human settlements.
The region is home to the Sawtooth National Forest – a vast expanse of pine that circles some of the foothills. And it makes for excellent hiking country.
Tennessee In The US
Tennessee has an incredible backcountry that stretches on for miles and miles. It’s one of the least explored and tourist-heavy states in the union and a great place to camp out to get away from it all.
Read about cabins in the state, and you’ll discover that many of them are close to sites of natural beauty, such as the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. It’s worth a visit!
Chimborazo In Ecuador
Ecuador is already one of the remotest places on Earth, thanks to the Andes mountain range cutting it off from the rest of South America. But Chimborazo takes this to an entirely new level. The region is more than twenty thousand feet above sea level. And it holds the record for being the furthest place on Earth from the centre of the planet, due to the fact that the Earth isn’t a perfect sphere.
Pole Of Inaccessibility In China
Have you ever looked at a mass of land and wondered which part is furthest in all directions from the sea? Geographers have a word for this point – it’s called the Pole of Inaccessibility. And every landmass in the world has one.
Asia’s, however, is the most impressive, simply because of how far it is from civilization. You can find it in China in the Xinjiang region in the Dzoosotoyn Elisen Desert in the remote western reaches of the country. Depending on what part of the world you are reading this, you may have to wait to visit this destination due to border restriction.